A map that Ontario officials used to approve new mining permits from Inco has been identified as having been done by the Bear Clan Council, a local First Nation. At the meeting on Thursday, government officials said the map was up to date and accurate. The Post first reported the map controversy.
Where exactly Inco plans to drill and what damage it is willing to cause is still not clear, but the province has already approved mining projects in the area. In a Wednesday blog post, REN-NO writes, “On November 28, 2018, the Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change (MECC) granted the Thar gold/copper/permetallic project an amalgamation permit without the opportunity for a community input hearing. Based on their letter of authorization, MECC identified Inco-Environmental’s proposed drilling activities as related to acid mine drainage (“DMG”) of alluvial gold and copper in the Tucker Waters. (Tucker, Ontario, under the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation). DMG typically results in the modification of the drainage, can result in the possible elimination of the downstream outlet, or in the destruction of the drainage.”
Upon the discovery of the map controversy, Inco issued the following statement, signed by its president and chief executive officer Nick Roy:
“We are pleased that our project is moving forward and are committed to ensuring that any health and environmental risk associated with this project is managed carefully.”